Mental Health Consumer and Family Supports


Persons suffering from mental illness and their family members will find the following advocacy groups, organizations and associations very helpful.

  • Advocacy Inc.
    The mission of Advocacy, Inc. is to advocate for, protect, and advance the legal, human, and service rights of people with disabilities.

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Facts for Families
    The AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. The AACAP has produced the Facts for Families in English and Spanish.

  • MHAT - Mental Health Association of Texas
    The Mental Health Association in Texas (MHAT) is a statewide organization that works to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses through research and education, improve care and treatment for people with mental illnesses, and to advocate for the rights of persons with mental illnesses through public policy.

  • Center for Mental Health Services' Knowledge Exchange Network
    The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.

  • National Institute of Mental Health
    The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to diminish the burden of mental illness through research.

  • NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
    The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.

  • NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Texas -
    The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Texas (NAMI Texas) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by volunteers in 1984. NAMI Texas is affiliated with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and has 45 local affiliates throughout Texas. NAMI Texas has nearly 10,000 members made up of mental health consumers, family members, friends, and professionals. Its purpose is to help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

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Last updated November 13, 2015